The Middlesex Hospital Cancer Center will host a special vigil to bring awareness to lung cancer, honor those who have the disease and remember those who have lost their lives to it.
The vigil will take place on Tuesday, November 13, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. in the atrium of the Cancer Center at 536 Saybrook Road in Middletown. The event is free and open to the community and is being held in conjunction with the Lung Cancer Alliance. It is one of many similar events taking place on that day as part of the National Shine a Light on Lung Cancer Vigil program.
Lung cancer kills more Americans than the next four leading cancers combined, including breast and prostate cancers. It is the leading cause of cancer death nationally and in Connecticut. Nearly, 80% of those diagnosed with lung cancer have never smoked or are former smokers who quit decades ago. Today, there is scientific validation that screening those at high risk with low-dose CT scans can save tens of thousands of lives a year.
The Master of Ceremonies for the event will be Dr. Miklos Fogarasi. There will be remarks by Dr. John Federico, in addition to remarks by Kirk Davis and Judith Levi, lung cancer survivors. Everyone in attendance will be given a glow stick that will be lighted after a moment of silence is observed.
To register for the Shine a Light on Lung Cancer Vigil, or for more information about the vigil, go to www.middletownvigil.kintera.org.